Words have power! Have you thought about the words you’ll use in your wedding ceremony? There are thousands of wedding readings out there, it can be overwhelming trying to find that perfect one. Fear not! We’ve teamed up with The Occasional Sonnet to bring you our top 5 unique wedding readings together with loads of top tips for how to choose your readings. Check it out below!
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Our Top 5 unique readings
Finding your unique wedding reading
Unique wedding readings can add so much sentiment to your special day. With so many out there, how do you find one that you would like to say ‘I do’ alongside?
Here are some points to consider when hunting for that perfect stanza:
- Are you looking for a passage of text, a story, lyrics or something poetic?
- Who will be reading the chosen words? The speaker and the reading need to be a good fit for each other.
- What is the message you’d like to convey?
- What tone are you going for? For poetry, you can choose rhyming or non-rhyming verse or something timeless like a Sonnet. Some sound lighter, some more sincere.
- There are vast amounts of poems available that have been adopted as wedding-worthy.
- Are you looking for something bespoke? Look at the writer’s recent work, ask how you can be involved in the process and find someone you can work together within a style that suits your day.
- Want to make it more personal? There’s something genuine and powerful about somebody reading their own words out loud.
Bespoke wedding readings
One way to make your wedding readings truly unique is to have a bespoke poem written for you. They can form the basis of your individual vows to each other – or surprise vows for extra romance points! The greatest thing about something bespoke is that you can shape the process with your ideas and memories to craft the most beautiful words for the moment.
If you are having a celebrant to lead your ceremony (there are some incredible ones out there!), you could ask them to read something for you. They may be able to write something for or with you and incorporate it into the wider ceremony.
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